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Historic Scotland Credit Crunch Busting Offer - Families to make their own History

29 April 2009

HISTORIC SCOTLAND ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO MAKE THEIR OWN HISTORY

Credit-crunch busting six months free membership offer
Photocall: Wednesday 29 April at 1030 hours at Edinburgh Castle

Historic Scotland today, Wednesday 29 April 2009, launched their Make Your Own History campaign to encourage Scots to make the most of their country’s heritage.

Monarch of the Glen star Hamish Clark and Michael Russell, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution joined children at Edinburgh Castle to highlight what Historic Scotland’s leading visitor attractions have to offer.

With the current financial climate meaning one in five people are planning on holidaying at home, Historic Scotland is aiming to make it easier and cheaper for families to experience their leading attractions.

They are offering a credit-crunch busting six months free membership when people buy 12 months.  This means a family will pay just £6.16 a month to get free access to more than 70 properties across Scotland.

The membership includes access to some of Scotland’s top tourist destinations including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Linlithgow Palace and Skara Brae on Orkney.  

And to benefit large families it allows up to six kids entry too.

The cost of an average family day out in the UK is now £84 or £2,016 a year.

Historic Scotland family membership costs £74 a year and so families can take a day-trip every weekend in the year and still save £10.  And paying by direct debit means it costs just £6.16 a month.

A trip to Edinburgh Castle costs £39 at peak times for two adults and two kids with Stirling Castle costing £27.  Families just need to make one more trip to any Historic Scotland attraction and they are starting to save money.

Actor Hamish Clark joined kids at Edinburgh Castle today to mark the launch of the Make Your Own History offer.  He said:  “One of my favourite memories from my childhood is visiting Edinburgh Castle, hearing the One O’ Clock Gun, and imagining armies marching on it hundreds of years before.  

“Scotland has such a rich and varied history and we are lucky we still have so many connections with the past that we can experience for ourselves.  It is important that our next generation understand and are aware of our nation’s history.  Nothing brings it to life like a visit to the place itself.

“The great thing about the Historic Scotland membership is that you can explore the country, from Shetland to the Borders, and it doesn’t cost you a penny once you’ve joined.  There are also lots of activities for children and big kids too to enjoy.”

Historic Scotland’s activities and events programme is also free with the membership.  Events this year include the recreation of a 1640 siege at Urquhart Castle.  Visitors can see Highlanders, Lowlanders, Royalists and Covenanters with pikes, muskets, cannons and swords in action.  

Families can also experience knights jousting at Linlithgow Palace and meet some of Scotland’s most famous icons at Stirling Castle including Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution said:  “I look forward to many more Scottish families being welcomed into Historic Scotland membership in this year of Homecoming.  We know that they are looking for days out that are good value but also fun, family experiences.  This offer provides an excellent opportunity for Scots to explore their heritage.”

For more information on Historic Scotland and the full terms and conditions of the membership offer visit www.6monthsfree.co.uk

Note to news/picture editors

You are invited to send a journalist/photographer to the launch of Make Your Own History on Wednesday 29 April 2009 at 10.00 at Edinburgh Castle. Please meet at the drawbridge at the entrance to the castle.  

Please liaise with Lee-Ann Fullerton or Celina Wilson on arrival.

Images will be available on request.

For further information, please contact Lee-Ann Fullerton or Celina Wilson at Consolidated PR on 0131 240 6428/ 07919166229  or email Lee-Ann@consolidatedpr.com / celinaw@consolidatedpr.com

Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage attractions.